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Mrs Lesley Boyd

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  • Research Student
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  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • LTIA
  • Institute of Educational Technology
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Professional biography

I am a new MRes / PhD research student in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). My research title is 'Using technology-enabled learning networks to achieve practical improvement outcomes in the not-for-profit sector'. 

I have a Masters in Business Management Systems from Warwick Business School, where I adopted a strategic and systemic approach to my work. I have worked as an independent consultant since 1992, based both in the UK and South Africa. I specialise in supporting individuals and teams to collaborate together to understand, evaluate and improve whatever it is they are doing, especially across different boundaries and contexts. In 2009, I joined the first cohort of the IET Masters in Online and Distance Education H800 module, whilst based in Johannesburg. I achieved a postgraduate certificate in technology enhanced learning, and in doing so was able to apply TEL to my professional area of quality improvement and enhancement. My research interests focus on the collaborative use of technology for organisational learning, and how learning networks can be implemented to generate practical organisational improvement outcomes.

I have implemented quality management systems in a variety of public and private sector service organisations, including local government, commercial IT training, air travel, and higher education. 


OU student wins Care Apprentice Award

Heather always wanted to be a mental health nurse, having worked as a carer for a number of years. When she was given the chance by her employer to study for an Open University course in Health Care Practise, she grabbed the opportunity. Earlier this year, Heather was awarded the Care Apprentice Award at the National Care Awards, as Carers Week begins, she talks about her journey with The OU.

10th June 2019
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